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Obama memorandum passes on benefits to some gay partners

There’s still a long way to go, but Pres. Obama at least take one small step toward recognizing that gay couples are every bit as legitimate as straight ones yesterday.

Obama signed a memorandum on Wednesday that extends benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees.

According to a New York Times story, this move comes after Barack Obama has faced criticism from gay rights leaders that he has not lived up to the campaign promises he made to them in 2008.

These leaders have a point. Why hasn’t Obama taken on the military’s idiotic stance on not admitting gay men and women who want to serve in the Armed Forces? Why does’t he come out publicly in favor of recognizing gay marriage?

I’m still waiting for someone to give me a valid reason to oppose gay marriage. I’m still waiting for someone to tell me exactly how letting two women or two men get married hurts “traditional” marriage.

The reason no one can tell me this is because gay marriages don’t hurt straight marriages in any way. Someone, please tell me how I’m wrong, without telling me that the Bible forbids gay marriage. The Bible doesn’t like shellfish, either, but I don’t see a big movement against the shrimp industry.

I’m disappointed, too, that Obama hasn’t done more to support gay rights. Yesterday’s signing, though, is at least a step in the right direction.